Not sure what you'll do with your live Christmas tree after the holiday season ends? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake wants to use it to improve the habitat for fish.
The Corps of Engineers says donated trees will be bundled together to make underwater fish structures that will providing feeding areas for fish of all sizes, refuge for small fish, and excellent fishing spots for anglers.
Live Christmas trees can be dropped off at any of the following three Rend Lake boat ramps or parking lot locations:
Christmas trees will be accepted at those locations until Jan. 16.
Christmas trees may be recycled at the following Mt. Vernon locations:
Trees can be dropped at those locations until Jan. 8, 2016.
Artificial or trees and trees with artificial snow cannot be accepted. Corps of Engineers Park Rangers ask that you remove all decorations, tinsel, stands, and plastic bags before you drop off your tree.
The Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and other volunteers will team up in mid- to late-March to drop the trees into the lake. The date for the 2016 tree drop into the lake has tentatively been set for March 9. Volunteers and outdoor organizations interested in helping with the Christmas tree drop can contact Park Ranger Tim Bischoff at the Rend Lake Project Office at 618-724-2493.
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